License fee for rice retailers only costs up to P11K
The National Food Authority (NFA) said the license fee for rice retailers only costs a minimum of P165 to a maximum of P11,000 depending on the capitalization of the applicant.
The agency issued the statement after Senator Win Gatchalian, citing Philippine Amalgamated Supermarkets Association (Pagasa), said that a rice retailers license costs P115,000 to get.
Gatchalian was quoted by media as saying that Pagasa “revealed that the NFA is requiring retailers with a paid-up capital of P10 million to pay P115,000 for a permit to sell rice”.
Pagasa, a group of grocery and supermarket operators, is the newest partner of NFA in terms of making affordable NFA rice more accessible to consumers.
Under the memorandum of agreement (MOA) it signed with NFA, Pagasa members can now start selling NFA rice whereas before, only accredited rice retailers can market NFA rice.
“NFA Central Office management checked with NFA-NCR branch if there was anyone who was assessed with such amount for license to retail and found out there was none. In fact, supermarkets that were already licensed to retail rice before the signing of our MOA didn’t need to pay additional fees,” NFA-NCR said.
NFA is empowered by law, through Presidential Decree No. 4, to collect of fees from grains businessmen for different lines of business like retailing, wholesaling, milling, warehousing, among others.
The NFA said they were surprised by the statement of the Senator since the owners of the supermarkets never raised the issue when they had a meeting, together with Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), to sign the MOA.